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Jenny Hval

The Ticket: Pop music

Top picks for pop music shows.

Mr. Trentlage was a songwriter who played a banjo-ukulele, which combined a banjo-like body with a ukulele neck.

Richard Trentlage, 87; wrote ‘The Oscar Mayer Wiener Song’

The jingle debuted in 1963 and became a signature tune for the company’s advertising in 21 English-speaking countries that endured until 2010.

Officails and the recovered Van Gogh paintings.

Van Gogh paintings stolen in 2002 found in Italian farmhouse

Police investigating suspected Italian mobsters for cocaine trafficking discovered the masterpieces that had vanished in 2002 during a nighttime heist in Amsterdam.

From left: Eva Green, Georgia Pemberton,

★★★ | Movie Review

Odd doings in Wales? It’s Tim Burton, for certain.

The title of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” speaks for itself.

From left: Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer in the film “Hidden Figures.”

After #OscarsSoWhite, many new films tell the stories of African Americans

Filmmaking lead times and studio release calendars tend to be long. So maybe this sudden flurry is just a coincidence. If it is, it’s certainly well timed.


Tom Brady uses time off to make Under Armour commercial at Milton Academy

The still-suspended Pats QB did not go unnoticed while tossing around a football.

From left: Andris Nelsons, Renée Fleming, Franz Hawlata, and Susan Graham during Thursday’s performance of “Rosenkavalier” at Symphony Hall.

Music REview

Renée Fleming owns the stage in superb BSO ‘Rosenkavalier’

With Andris Nelsons on the podium, 25 singers, and the perpetually excellent Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the concert performance of Richard Strauss’s opera soared to comic heights.

In the 1960s and ’70s, Ms. Nixon virtually reinvented soaps, creating for the ABC network shows infused with social relevance.

Agnes Nixon, 93; writer injected social ills into soap operas

She created “One Life to Live,” “All My Children,” and other shows infused with and such charged topics as racism, abortion, and drugs.

Bill Clinton with his wife, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, during Monday’s debate.

Donald Trump stirs old Clinton sex scandals, to the dismay of his allies

A campaign memo urged associates to mention Monica Lewinsky and other women with whom Bill Clinton has reported to have had affairs.


BSO offers two pieces that still march on

Funeral marches have accompanied selected processions, particularly military funerals, since the Renaissance. Next weekend’s BSO concerts offers two pieces with complementary corteges.

Game on

Boundary-pushing ‘Virginia’ is one of the stranger things

The narrative-rich story about a newly minted FBI agent mixes elements of hyper-realism and magical realism.

Lake Street Dive is (from left) Mike Olson, Rachael Price, Bridget Kearney, and Mike Calabrese.

For Lake Street Dive, live-show practice makes perfect

The jazz-schooled, sound-shifting quartet channeled a soulful energy on its latest album, “Side Pony,” and has spent this year harnessing it in concert.

There’s an app for that

On group video chat app Houseparty, the gang’s all here

Houseparty is a new group video chat app from the makers of the now-defunct Meerkat.

Ryan Donahue


Comic Ryan Donahue took the express lane to late-night TV

The Rhode Island native is scheduled to make his national TV debut Tuesday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

by peter keough | Globe correspondent

Looking at films that look back at the Holocaust

Four current films, three fictional and one documentary, ponder its evil.

Conor Lovett, cofounder of the theater company Gare St Lazare Ireland, on the set of “Here All Night.”

Beckett’s prose is music to their ears

The theater company Gare St Lazare Ireland’s “Here All Night” is inspired by references to music in the playwright’s original texts.

Kim and Hyisheem in a scene from Marc Levin’s documentary “Class Divide.”

doc talk | peter keough

A place for whistleblowers to blow their whistles visually

Laura Poitras, of ‘Citizenfour’ is among the founders of Field of Vision.

Jeremy Allen White (left) as Lip with Ethan Cutkosky in “Shameless.”

The Ticket: Television

In the rush of new network shows, don’t forget about the newly released third season of “Transparent” on Amazon.

The Ticket: Classical music

David Weininger’s classical music picks

Machine de Cirque

The Ticket: Theater

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to area productions, including North Shore Music Theatre’s “Monty Python’s Spamalot,’’ ArtsEmerson’s “Machine de Cirque,’’ SpeakEasy Stage Company’s “Significant Other,’’ and Nora Theatre Company’s “Marjorie Prime.’’

Miguel Gutierrez is part of the “Lion’s Jaw” experimental dance festival.

The Ticket: Dance

Karen Campbell’s dance highlights

William F. Buckley, Jr., (center) with Doug Simmons and Tipper Gore in an episode of “Firing Line.”

new england literary news

Junot Díaz’s diversity in best short story picks and the lessons of ‘Firing Line’

Junot Díaz, guest editor of “The Best American Short Stories,’’ has criticized the “unbearable whiteness” of American literature.

Pam Grier in “Foxy Brown.”

Let us now praise Pam Grier

The queen of ’70s blaxploitation is coming to Harvard.

Usain Bolt


Quote of the day

Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt recalls the time actor Mickey Rourke challenged him to a race.

Margot Robbie (left, with Kate McKinnon) hosts “Saturday Night Live.”

TV Critic’s Corner

The return of ‘SNL’

Good timing: “Saturday Night Live” opens its 42nd season on the heels of the first presidential debate.

Diane Pernet will hit town Oct. 6.


Diane Pernet brings cutting-edge fashion films to MFA

The works in the 60-minute program on Oct. 6 are from “A Shaded View on Fashion Film,’’ a juried global contest founded by Pernet.

book review

James Gleick looks at history, physics of time travel

The author leads us on a thrilling journey of ideas in “Time Travel.”

“Chorus Girl (a part)” can be seen in “Uh-Oh: Frances Stark 1991-2015” at the Museum of Fine Arts.

The Ticket: Art

Sebastian Smee’s choices for noteworthy art shows in the region.

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights for Oct. 1

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights


Catching up on fiction after being steeped in public policy, politics

When Joe McGinniss Jr. decided to become a writer his father, journalist Joe McGinnis, advised him to avoid fiction. He ignored it.

A self-portrait by John Singleton Coppley.

Look at tumultuous Revolution era through life of John Singleton Copley

The Revolution was marked by divided loyalties and ethical ambiguities often scanted in more triumphalist histories.

Author Teddy Wayne’s latest novel is “Loner.”

‘Loner’ gives us updated, comic ‘Crime and Punishment’ at Harvard

Teddy Wayne’s new novel is a tragicomic account of a promising young man trapped somewhere between self-awareness and total stupidity.


Greater Boston author readings Oct. 2-8

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

the story behind the book

Mathematician Cathy O’Neil’s book shows how numbers can be used to oppress, divide classes

O’Neil notes how “statistically unsound” algorithms that were used in decisions in education, employment, and the criminal justice system

the discovery

New Yorker cartoonist gathers paintings, stories of legendary bookstores

New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein gathered stories about and creating paintings of 75 renowned bookstores.

Atlanta militia members stand guard with a group of blacks during a trial in October of 1912.

book review

Recalling a racial cleansing in a Georgia county

“Blood at the Root’’ recalls the racial violence and historical amnesia that characterize much of American history.

Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis star in “Masterminds.”


The Weekender: Punks, rebels, and dancing b-boys

A guide to everything fun to do in Boston and beyond.

Greg Jackson, author of “Prodigals.”

2 New Englanders named to 5 under 35 fiction list

Greg Jackson, who grew up in Maine and Greater Boston, is the author of the story collection “Prodigals,” and Burlington’s S. Li was chosen for his novel, “Transoceanic Lights.”

From left: : Ian-Lloyd Anderson Lloyd Cooney, and Liam Heslin in “The Plough and the Stars.”

In ‘Plough,’ poverty, war, and the portent of a violent climax

This updated touring production at the American Repertory Theater is not your old granddad’s “Plough.”

Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis team up in the comedy “Masterminds.”

Movie Review

Stupid is as stupid does in ‘Masterminds’

It’s the kind of comedy that’s more weird-stupid than good-stupid, but Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis make it work.

Al Bundonis (left) and Brad Bradley in “Monty Python’s Spamalot.’’

Stage Review

At North Shore, ‘Spamalot’ is the full Monty of farce

At its best, the show at North Shore Music Theatre achieves a state that approaches comic delirium.

Mary J. Blige.

Mary J. Blige explains why she sang to Clinton during talk

A pair of clips teasing Blige’s interview with Hillary Clinton was roundly mocked, including a brief video of Blige singing to Clinton.

Mark Wahlberg stars in Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon.”

★ ★ ½ | movie review

Turning tragedy into triumph in Wahlberg’s ‘Deepwater Horizon’

The movie, starring Mark Wahlberg, transforms the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill into action-packed entertainment.

Woody Allen (front) and Max Casella in Amazon’s “Crisis in Six Scenes.”

Television review

Woody Allen’s first attempt at a TV series is lazy and uninspired

With “Crisis in Six Scenes,” Allen shrinks on the small screen.

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump answers a question during the presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. The United States isn’t exactly the economic doormat that Trump decries in his campaign rhetoric. America has outperformed other advanced economies and ranks among the world’s most competitive countries. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

SNL hypes Alec Baldwin as its new Trump

It wasn’t clear who would be impersonating Donald Trump during the upcoming season of ‘‘Saturday Night Live.”

Jim Carrey in “The Truman Show.”

TV Critic’s corner

The ‘Truman Show’ saw this coming

Watch it on Netflix while you still have chance; it disappears in a month.